PARIS - Rafael Nadal was all smiles after defeating Robin Haase 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 on Wednesday, on the same court where he won nine French Open titles.
"I'm very happy to come back on the Court Philippe Chatrier," said Nadal, who had 33 winners in the match.
The fourth-seeded Nadal is trying to become the first player in the Open era to win 10 titles at a single grand slam. Last year, he withdrew from the tournament ahead of his third-round match because of a wrist injury.
"It was really hard for me last year," Nadal said. "I'm very happy to be back on this court, which is probably the most important in my career."
Meanwhile, Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the third round of the French Open by beating Francoise Abanda of Canada 6-0, 6-0.
The 11th-seeded Dane, a former world number one, will next face American teenager CiCi Bellis. Wozniacki has never advanced further than the quarter finals at Roland Garros, but was a losing finalist at the US Open in both 2009 and 2014.